The high school robotics team, The Atoms Family, began planning for this season in October 2016. They rent a space in the PARC in downtown Plymouth where Coach, Mentor and PCA Alumni, Keith Boruta along with Assistant Coach & PCA Parent, Doug Chubb, work with them. The robotic’s software team uses LabView, a visual programming language, and CAD, a computer-aided design software program used by engineers, artists, architects, and many others. New this year is the introduction of the business team, led by Mentor & PCA Parent Jeff Hess, and PCA’s Business Technology Teacher Jessica Wash. This group’s primary focus is to maintain the business aspect of the team by handling things such as balancing budgets, correspondence with local sponsors, website updates, fundraising, and media.
The Atoms Family competes through FIRST Robotics and their season offically started on January 7, 2017. The theme for 2017’s competition is “Steamworks”.
The 2016-17 Atoms Family Team is comprised of 27 students and 10 mentors. Team members are the following:
Seniors – Adam Albert, Josh DeVries, Ray Farraj, Brenden Hess, Olivia Mady, and Josh Mason
Juniors – Wade Allen, Jonathan Baker, Hadlee Chubb, Gavin Goerke, Chiren Moore, Zach Racho, Nevin Ruiter-Diaz, Natalie Shaffer, and Evan Wright
Sophomores – Sarah Fernandez, Camden Hess, Tyler Joseph, Taylor Maxwell, Elise Miera, David Noonan, Elijah Grit and Luke Wash
Freshman – Rachel Costello, Caleb DeVries, Aidan Hing, and Matthew Powers
Software team led by Coach Keith Boruta and Assistant Coach Doug Chubb
Mechanical/Electrical team led by Rhey Galang, Sam Oweis and Mark Wash
Design team led by Doug Chubb and Richard Lewthwaite
Drive team led by PCA Alumni Nathan Oweis and Reuben Galang
Business team led by Jeff Hess and Business Technology Teacher/Robotics Director Jessica Wash
The first competition of this season took place this past weekend, March 10-11, at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. This district competition was attended by 40 area robotics teams. The Atoms Family finished the district competition in 3rd place overall out of 40 teams. In the Quarterfinals, they ranked 2nd beating out Chelsea, PCEP, Dexter, Greenhills, Ann Arbor, Jackson High School, Canton Prep, Ypsilanti, and more. Way to go Atoms Family!
The following is their schedule for the remainder of their 2017 season (based on advancing at each level):
- April 7-8, Friday and Saturday, FIRST Robotics FIM District Event at Churchill High School in Livonia
- FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championship is April 12-15
- FIRST Robotics World Championship is April 26-29